Delegation of Kenya senior staff visits the U.S. prior to elections
SUNY/CID’s Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program (PSP) sponsored a delegation of four senior staff of the Parliament of Kenya to visit Albany, Annapolis, Md. and Washington, D.C., for a comparative perspective on bicameral legislative operations from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1. On March 4, Kenya will elect Members to the a new Senate. This historic occasion requires extensive work by the staff of both the new Senate and the existing National Assembly to support the new bicameral body. This visit by senior staff from both bodies is one part of the larger preparations being made in Nairobi.
Members of the delegation included Mr. Paul Onyangoh, leader of the delegation and Director of Finance and Accounting Services; Ms. Nancy Mukunya, Director of the Speaker’s Office of the National Assembly; Mr. Mohamed Ali Mohamed, Director of the Speaker’s Office of the Senate; and Ms. Eunice Gichangi, Director of Legal Services of the Senate. The delegation met with high level counterparts in the legislatures of New York and Maryland as well as in the U.S. Congress. Through these interactions they are gaining valuable insights into the different models of bicameral legislative service offered in the United States. State Assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, pictured at center of photo, was among the elected officials hosting the Kenya delegation while in Albany.
The Parliamentary Strengthening Program is jointly funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Department for International Development (DFID) and provides technical assistance to strengthen the Kenyan Parliament’s capacity for lawmaking, oversight and representation in a more democratic, effective and transparent manner.
Posted Jan. 30, 2013